My name is Monica Hernandez and I was born the 5th of July, 1980 in Havana, Cuba where I spent my childhood. In 1994, as a teenager, I moved to Italy with my family where I have lived since.
After receiving my high school baccalaureate, I went to the Naples Art School and graduated from the “Decoration” department. I then signed up for the four year children’s illustration program at the Scuola italiana di Comix in Naples. In 2017, I received a Masters in book illustration from the ARS in Fabula in Macerata.
My first book, Blanche-neige et les sept nains was published in 2016 by 2M Edizioni. In 2017, Sankyu Publishing also published Blanche-neige in Japanese. I have also collaborated with Rizzoli Education, the American magazine Cricket Media and Einaudi Ragazzi. In 2017, I was selected for the first time for the annual competition of the prestigious Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The following year, I was selected once more. In 2019 I was part of the annual selection of the Italian association, AI (Authors of Images).
The same year, I created the Macondo collective with five other illustrators. The collective also publishes Macondo magazine that aims to create links between the world of illustration and that of comic books by publishing illustrated stories for a large audience.
Also is 2019, I created an illustration for Cento Gianni Rodari, the story collection, published by Einaudi Ragazzi.
In 2020 I created a picture book called Vivere nel tempo for the 6th edition of the philosophy festival called, « La filosofia, il Castello e la Torre » as well as the cover for the book Scusa se non sono abbastanza, a philosophical text for children published by Castelvecchio editore. In 2020 I was also a finalist for the « Concorso Lucca Junior » competition and I was selected to participate in the Tapirulan exhibition in 2021. In 2021, I completed the Anila project for Lirabelle Editions, published in France as a Kamishibai and a picture book.
I’m currently involved in the next issue for the Macondo collective while also working on private commissions. In addition I collaborate with schools where I teach art workshops for children as well as continuing my career as a freelance illustrator.